I don't know about young people today,
but when I was a 'gel' Valentine's Day was anticipated
with an equal measure of dread and excitement.
If you didn't receive a card you had to pretend that the postman
hadn't delivered before you left for school.
You had to receive more than one card, because if there was only one
that dropped through the letter box - it was bound to be from your Mum.
In 1962 I received three cards
I was over the moon - one was obviously from 'you know who'
I found out who one of the others was from because he told me
he had 'nicked' it from the paper shop especially for me.
But the third - well that remains a mystery - but it was
the biggest and best one I have ever had.
and I've kept them all these years - from 1962.
Who can beat that?
The best version of My Funny Valentine from
'The Talented Mr. Ripley'
The phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve' comes from
the Middle Ages when according to popular tradition
young men and women would draw chits from a bowl
to know the names of their Valentine
and would wear that name on their sleeve
for the entire week.
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove
O No! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken
It is the star to every wandering bark whose worth's unknown,
although his height be taken
Je suis desja d'amour tanne
Ma tres doulce Valentinee
Duke of Orleans
He whom love touches
walks not in darkness
Love is composed of a single soul
inhabiting two bodies
Happy Valentine's Day!